SEATTLE, Wash. - Inexperience proved to be an obstacle too great to overcome for the Boise State men's tennis team, Sunday (Jan. 23), as the No. 43 ranked Broncos dropped their first dual of the season with a 5-2 loss at No. 26 Washington in Seattle, Wash.
Boise State, which boasts four players that saw their first ever Division I dual action this weekend, managed just one doubles win and two singles victories against the Huskies to fall to 1-1 (0-0 Western Athletic Conference) on the season.
"This is the first date," head coach Greg Patton said Sunday. "It is almost a brand new team. We kind of stumbled in some parts. But with the schedule we have, this is something we can grow from. The next step we take, we're going to get a little bit smoother and a little bit stronger."
The Broncos gave themselves a chance to capture the ever important doubles point by splitting the first two matches of the day. After a loss at No. 1, Andrew Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin beat Marton Bots and Brad Bator, 8-5, at No. 3 to put the doubles point within reach. Washington proved to be a little too strong however, and a win at No. 2 gave the Huskies an early 1-0 lead.
Washington continued to roll in singles action with four straight wins to put the dual out of reach. The Broncos did respond late though, as Jeff Mullen and Bettles each captured singles wins to narrow the final margin. Mullen beat Tobi Obenaus, 7-6 (1), 6-2, at No. 4, while Bettles knocked off Bator, 6-2, 6-7 (3), (17-15) at No. 6.
"We know we're going to get a lot of dates, and by the time we get to the WAC tournament we're going to be ready to go. The road doesn't get any easier. But I think if we can build off of this we are going to get better."
Boise State's road ahead includes seven consecutive duals against nationally ranked opponents away from home, which begins next weekend (Jan. 29-30) with a trip to Lexington, Ky. for the ITA Kick-Off. The Broncos will compete in a four team pool with Kentucky, Wake Forest and Wisconsin for a trip to the ITA Indoor Team Championships, Feb. 18-21. Boise State will first face Kentucky on Saturday (Jan. 29) at 2 p.m.
#26 Washington 5, #43 Boise State 2
1. #30 McMorrow/Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. Hume/Sears (BSU), 8-5
2. #33 Kildahl/Obenaus (UW) def. Mullen/Sereke (BSU), 8-6
3. Bettles/Pogostkin (BSU) def. Bots/Bator (UW), 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
1) #92 Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (UW) def. #62 Damian Hume (BSU), 6-2, 6-3
2) #81 Kyle McMorrow (UW) def. #85 Filipp Pogostkin (BSU), 6-0, 6-1
3) #83 Martin Kildahl (UW) def. Scott Sears (BSU), 6-3, 6-2
4) Jeff Mullen (BSU) def. Tobi Obenaus (UW), 7-6 (1), 6-2
5) Marton Bots (UW) def. Nathan Sereke (BSU), 6-3, 6-4
6) Andy Bettles (BSU) def. Brad Bator (UW), 6-2, 6-7 (3), (17-15)
Order of finish: 2, 5, 1, 3, 4, 6